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PRESIDENT—JC??

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP COULD BE COMING TO JOHNSON CITY.  CITY OFFICIALS SAY THERE’S BEEN INTEREST EXPRESSED IN HOLDING AN EVENT AT FREEDOM HALL CIVIC CENTER.  NO DATE HAS BEEN SET—BUT SEPTEMBER 30TH AND OCTOBER 1ST ARE DATES OF INTEREST.  NO CONTRACT HAS BEEN SIGNED.  A CONCERT SET FOR SEPTEMBER 30TH HAS BEEN MOVED FROM FREEDOM HALL TO EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY’S MINI-DOME. 

 

FARMING ACCIDENT DEATH

A SMYTH COUNTY VIRGINIA MAN IS DEAD AFTER A FARMING ACCIDENT.  IT HAPPENED THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN WASHINGTON COUNTY—AND SHERIFF FRED NEWMAN SAYS 30-YEAR OLD WILLIAM CLINTON WALKER WAS RUN OVER BY A FARM VEHICLE THAT HE WAS OPERATING.  AN INVESTIGATION FOUND FOR REASONS UNKNOWN HE HAD STEPPED OUT OF THE VEHICLE.  WALKER WAS FROM CHILHOWIE AND WAS FOUND IN A FIELD OFF MILL CREEK ROAD IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTY.  HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.

JONES MURDER TRIAL—CLOSING ARGUMENTS

CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN A GREENE COUNTY MURDER TRIAL.  ERICK JONES JUNIOR IS ACCUSED OF KILLING 13-MONTH OLD KYNSLEIGH EASTERLY AND 2-MONTH OLD TRINITY TWEED IN 2014.  THE DEFENSE PRESENTED ITS CASE THIS MORNING—AND JONES DIDN’T TESTIFY.  IF HE’S CONVICTED, HE FACES THE DEATH PENALTY.  AN AUTOPSY SHOWED THE GIRLS DIED FROM SEVERED SPINAL CORDS.

POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS

MARK JOHNSON HAS RESIGNED AS CHURCH HILL’S POLICE CHIEF.  HE’S BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR 35 YEARS AND HAS SERVED AS CHIEF SINCE 1995.  HE SAYS THE DECISION TO STEP DOWN WAS DIFFICULT AS HE STILL ENJOYS THE MANAGEMENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ASPECTS OF THE POSITION.

ATTEMPTED MURDER

A JOHNSON CITY MAN IS IN COURT TODAY ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES.  25-YEAR OLD JONATHAN CROSS WAS INVOLVED IN A DISPUTE WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND—AT A HOME ON TAMASSEE DRIVE.  SHE CALLED HER FATHER TO COME AND AS THE TWO WERE LEAVING, CROSS STRUCK HER IN THE FACE WITH A GUN AND FIRED A SHOT AT HER FATHER, GRAZING HIS HEAD.  CROSS IS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED SECOND-DEGREE MURDER.  HIS BOND IS SET AT $100-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

BURGLARY

A WEBER CITY VIRGINIA MAN FACES BURGLARY CHARGES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY.  40-YEAR OLD ROGER COMPTON WAS ARRESTED—AFTER SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES FOUND HIM AN A RESIDENCE IN THE AUSTIN SPRINGS AREA.  THEY ALSO FOUND SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH OF STOLEN PROPERTY IN A VEHICLE.  COMPTON ALSO HAD 7 GRAMS OF METH.  HE’LL BE ARRAIGNED MONDAY.

EXTRA SECURITY AT CROCKETT

THERE’S EXTRA LAW ENFORCEMENT ON HAND AT DAVID CROCKETT HIGH SCHOOL TODAY—AFTER CONCERNS ABOUT THREATS OF A SHOOTING.  THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS THE THREAT WAS WRITTEN IN A BOYS BATHROOM AND WASN’T CREDIBLE.  STILL, MANY PARENTS ARE UPSET THAT THEY FOUND OUT ABOUT IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

JC COMMISSION—VACANCY

THE PROCESS TO FILL A VACANT SEAT ON THE JOHNSON CITY COMMISSION IS UNDERWAY—AS THE CITY IS ACCEPTING LETTERS FROM THOSE INTERESTED. IT’S HOPED THERE’LL BE CANDIDATES WHO ARE READY TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING.  COMMISSIONER DR. TODD FOWLER SAYS, “WE NEED TO MAKE A DECISION AND GET SOMEBODY IN HERE AND WE MAY GET 10 LETTERS, WE MAY GET 100 LETTERS.”  THE VACANCY WAS CREATED WITH THE UNEXPECTED DEATH EARLIER THIS MONTH OF DR. RALPH VAN BROCKLIN.  COMMISSION WILL MAKE THE APPOINTMENT NEXT MONTH AND THE TERM WILL RUN THROUGH NOVEMBER 2020.

DEBIT CARD FRAUD

KINGSPORT POLICE NEED YOUR HELP FINDING A MAN, WHO’S ACCUSED OF STEALING A DEBIT CARD. THE VICTIM SAID SHE LAST USED THE CARD AUGUST 31ST AT THE SUBWAY RESTAURANT INSIDE HOLSTON VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER.  THE CARD WAS LATER USED AT KROGER ON EAST STONE DRIVE AND MURPHY EXPRESS ON FORT HENRY.  A THIRD ATTEMPT WAS DECLINED AT A WAL-MART.  THE SUSPECT APPEARS TO BE A MIDDLE-AGED WHITE MALE WITH A RECEDING HAIRLINE AND BEARD.

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